Merry Christmas! I think this is the best time of the year. Just the whole Christmas spirit is amazing. There's so much happiness, food and drink. It's just a wonderful time.
Now, most of us tend to gain a few pounds over Christmas and New Years. But hello, no wonder. I've had Christmases I've gained more than I thought I could in such a short amount of time. It's the worst feeling. You just try to fill yourself with all the Christmas goods because you only get to do it once a year. is it worth it? NO!! The way I felt when January came, when it's time to get back on track, you just feel so unmotivated, so bad, so uncomfortable. Guys, it's NOT WORTH IT. Of course, it's different for every person, but I can only assume some people feel the same as me when January is here. You feel fat, chubby and so unhealthy. So can we still enjoy Christmas and not feel so bad when it's over? ABSOLUTELY!
As you know, I just came back from a 3 week holiday in India, and I did drink and eat out EVERY DAY.
Did I gain any weight? NOPE.
Did I train and eat as I did back home in Edinburgh? NOPE.
Did I fully enjoy myself with food and drink? YES.
I ate desserts, I drank all the prosecco, red wine, white wine, cocktails, curries, naan bread you name it. And I felt amazing about myself and body when I got back home. Saying that I did come home with a cold. Although, that went over very quickly with some of my incredible natural remedies.
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So here are some tips on how to enjoy the festive season to the fullest without feeling like a fat blob at the end of it.
1. Don't stuff yourself to the point where you can't move
Stop when you're satisfied. Doesn't matter how much you're enjoying it. It's better to stop before the button on your trousers comes off. It is better to actually enjoy every bite and feel good afterwards than full on bloated. This is a no-brainer.
2. Don't snack in between meals
If you haven't read my blog post on it - read it.
3. Eat a nutritious breakfast
Fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, eggs. Those are good choices, low calorie and will still fill you up and get you on the right track for the rest of the day.
4. Eat vegetables
Just eat them. It will make you feel amazing, simple as.
5. Go to the gym or do some exercise in the morning
I know a lot of people take some time off during the festive period. Which is absolutely fine if you work out a lot, if you don't, or really wanna watch your figure do some exercise. Even if it's just 10 minutes in the morning. Some exercise is better than nothing. If you get your muscles working, your metabolism will be better.
Here is a simple 10-minute workout you can do anywhere: https://www.health.com/fitness/a-10-minute-hiit-workout-you-can-do-anywhere
6. If you're eating sweets/treats/cake, eat it after your meal
This is pretty much the same as snacking. We tend to snack on chocolate or Christmas cookies in between meals at Christmas. Eat it after the meal and let your digestive system have a rest.
7. Don't just eat Christmas food and treats
Have some salad, eggs, avocado "normal day to day food". Christmas food is so heavy for your metabolism and digestive system so treating your body to some good old nutritious food will do you wonders.
Do intermittent fasting. When you wake up, try to wait as long as you can before you have your first meal. That way your body has to tap into your fat stores for energy
= fat burning. If you can do a whole day of fasting - that would be even better.
9. Take supplements
Vitamin C, vitamin D and probiotics are my top 3. Take some activated charcoal or neem leaf (ill write more about that in a future blog post) for a hangover cure that actually works, and you'll be grand.
10. Skip the drunk meal
The drunk meal is a killer. We suddenly get so hungry when we're steaming and want to munch all the food, or whatever is in the fridge. To tell you the truth, we're not actually hungry. Alcohol depletes our vitamin stores so our bodies are craving nutrients, that why we suddenly get 'starving' after a few bottles (I'm talking about wine here and not beers). When that hits you, have some vitamin C, water and go to bed. You have absolutely no control on how much you eat when you're intoxicated.
Move a little, don't stuff yourself, don't snack and eat vegetables and fruit. Follow these steps and you shouldn't feel like a big hippo in January. You're welcome. :)